How to Perform Leg Surgery on a 385-Pound Gorilla

Knoxville Zoo's male gorilla, Wanto, was injured in a climbing bar accident.
0:55 | 05/15/14

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A big old gorilla named -- -- is recovering today after a rare and even risky surgery. 385. Pound patient had a broken femur after injuring his right leg on the climbing bars at the Knoxville zoo earlier this week. Zoo keepers quickly noticed 12 was hurting pretty badly. We can actually see the bone almost poking out through this again countless it -- it's painful looking to fix want to go up they called -- an orthopedic specialists who had never operated on a -- before. Bringing in pins and screws normally used on humans the anatomy is very similar. Let's face it these guys -- Pretty close to our closest relatives the surgery took more than three hours the whole time students watching through an observation window. They're hoping the 37 year old gorilla will make a full comeback.

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